Surprisingly, team leader Cindi Lux will be visiting the track for the first time. It is strange for the 12-time road racing champion to have not competed at a track before. Learning the new track is the first, and quickly tamed, issue. Finding the final tenths of a second to play with the “big boys” in the championship who are familiar with the venue is harder feat.
The ultra-prepared and professional team headed by Fred Lux (Aloha, Oregon) does not usually suffer from a bout of bad luck. However, upon returning to national competition with an eye towards a full Trans Am championship run in 2016, the team’s Vipers seem to be snake-bit. Since that HMS victory neither Lux nor Streimer – who scored the debut TA3i class race victory in the No. 42 – has seen the podium. The trial has been even harder on Lux herself who missed the team’s Florida season-opener with a torn meniscus in her left knee. Rehab returned her for race two at Lime Rock but a rare engine problem kept her out of the feature. In the team’s SCCA “June Sprints” weekend at Road America two weeks ago, Streimer took an impressive top-five but Lux had the same dark cloud floated above her and did not finish the race.
Coming to the 2.5-mile, 12-turn BIR facility is a shot at redemption. Trans Am has a long history at Brainerd and, despite the fact that the Northwest-based team is new to the series and seeing the track for the first time, Lux Performance hopes to draw from that tradition on America’s Independence Day weekend. If it can, it will be doing so in front of a nationwide audience. The race will be broadcast on the CBS Sports Network, Saturday, July 25, Noon Eastern Standard Time.
Fred Lux, Lux Performance Group Team Principal: “It will be interesting to come back to Brainerd, I haven’t been here in 28 years. Things have come a long way since I worked for Team Mitsubishi and raced the SCCA Coors Racetruck Challenge series back in 1987. It will be neat to see all the upgrades to the facility. I know these Dodge Vipers are going to spank those old stock trucks we raced here in the ‘80s.”
Cindi Lux: “I need to find out where Lady Luck is hiding and get to the bottom of why she is pissed off at me this year! Most folks call this kind of year ‘character building’ but I think this will show others we never give up. I have the best equipment and car prep in the industry so it’s my job to do the rest on the track. I just need to lose this silly black cloud that seems to be following me this year. On the light side of things, I am still carrying my rookie status going into Brainerd this week which is fun. I kind of dig older, bumpy tracks that have a lot of personality. It will also be fun to see how quickly Steve adapts to this old style racetrack too. ”
Steve Streimer: “Having never been to Brainerd, I am not sure what to expect. Now, when I think Brainerd, I think ice fishing, Paul Bunyan, minus 40-degree temperatures and of course the Minnesotan dialect. I’m pretty sure in the future when I think of Brainerd I’ll think of racing the number 42 Viper! Am I ready for this race? You betcha!”